We’re having a bit of a testosterone stretch here, eh?! Today’s guest is the magical and incredible meditation teacher Wilhelm, a fellow NSYA-er (keepin’ it in the fam, y’all) and a truly kind soul. While I’ve known Wilhelm for a couple of years now, I knew little of his personal life and experiences growing up in South Africa pre-and-post-Apartheid, and I have a lot of gratitude for all that he shares with us in this episode.
While I myself practice different forms of meditation, mostly focusing on my breath, I’m no expert nor am I green in my practice. I’ve had some amazing experiences dropping into consciousness under Wilhelm’s guidance - I’m talking images in my mind of smatterings of bright colors, feeling energy flowing, tapping into my inner guide…it’s amazing. He is an incredible teacher who respects how personal the practice is, and aims to break down any barrier one may have to connecting to their own meditation practice.
If you’re curious to learn more about meditation and live locally, check out his upcoming workshop on May 11th: Beyond the Cushion: Meditations for the Moment workshop at Coolidge Yoga Brookline!
PS: One quick disclaimer, I meant to say this in the intro - this episode was recorded in early April at the onset of that annoying illness I had that caused me to skip a week of releasing an episode. I definitely sound sick, to me at least!
*Skip to 5:24min mark to bypass the intro and get to the interview
In this episode we hear:
- How “where are you from” is a loaded question for him
- How breaking his ankle brought him to yoga and meditation
- How he strayed off the yoga teacher path
- How event planning and meditation are closely related, in Wilhelm’s wise opinion
- On coming out as a young man in South Africa
- How to reframe your 9-5 when you have a side hustle
- His ritual before he leads meditation
- How to begin meditating
- How making tea can be a meditation
- The importance of having a grounding ritual when you serve others
- How Wilhelm keeps his chill
- About the barriers he experienced when initially practicing meditation
- How meditation aligns the body and the mind
- How he plans his meditation teachings
- Why standing meditations are a supportive option for people fearful of meditating
- How meditation allows one to welcome every part of themselves, even the inner critic or rebel
- How your affinity with Harry Potter can be a meditation
- Using social media mindfully